CommRadio Weekly Playlist: March 27

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Here, members of the Arts and Entertainment Department will talk about the songs that dominated their playlists during the week and what makes them so good.

“And It Stoned Me - 2013 Remaster” - Van Morrison

This song feels like a hug. It’s a song for the hopeful and a song for the sorrowful.

I don’t have an intense analysis of this song. All I know is that it tells an intriguing story. I could play “And It Stoned Me - 2013 Remaster '' every day for a month and probably have a different idea of what it means each time I listen.

Originally released in 1970, this song starts with a seemingly melancholy opening verse about getting rained on. However, throughout the song the mood of rain and water changes.

“We just stood there gettin’ wet / With our backs against the fence,” the song says.

I would not call this a sad song; it’s a look into humanity. The comparison of raindrops to stones is compelling.

Also, the guitar licks and piano riff about halfway through the song are emotional and satisfying to the ear.

This is a song for buddies to shout together, and a song for the lonesome person to cry out. - McKenna Wall

“Stop Making This Hurt” - Bleachers

I’m a big fan of everything that Jack Antonoff does, so it isn’t a surprise that I’d have a Bleachers song on repeat.

“Stop Making This Hurt” is the sixth track on the 2021 album, “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night.” This is Bleachers’ third studio album, and includes features from Bruce Springsteen and Antonoff’s long-time collaborator, Lana del Rey.

This album is one of my favorites of all time, and this song is one of the band’s best. In the song, Antonoff tells a story about the people in his life and how they’re coping with the state of the world.

In the bridge, he sings the lyrics “but if we take the sadness out of Saturday night” echoing the album’s title. Antonoff has also said it is a sister song to another track on the album “How Dare You Want More.” - Izzy Charboneau

“Fast Car” - Luke Combs

Luke Combs is one of the most popular country artists who started his career by picking up his first guitar at 20-years-old.

His latest album, “Gettin’ Old,” featuring 18 songs, hit all streaming services on March 24, 2023, and is climbing the country music charts.

One of his latest covers, “Fast Car,” is one of my favorite songs from the “Gettin’ Old” album. The originality of his country roots seeps through while singing this classic song by Tracy Chapman from 1988.

His rustic voice and soft country melody give this song another angle of how it is portrayed. This production cover of “Fast Car” is executed perfectly and I believe this reedition provides this song with a southern twang that is so needed for the country community.

Overall, Combs’ cover of “Fast Car” is a fantastic rendition of the popular song by Chapman and allows him to keep his classic voice. This song is also a core part of his album and fits perfectly into the aesthetic of his music. – Sabrina Campbell

McKenna Wall is a first-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email mew6140@psu.edu.

Izzy Charboneau is a second-year majoring in digital and print journalism and political science. To contact her, email ijc5186@psu.edu.

Sabrina Campbell is a second-year majoring in communication sciences and disorders. To contact her, email her at skc6043@psu.edu.

About the Contributors

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Izzy Charboneau is a second-year student majoring in digital and print journalism. She is from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Izzy is in the news department and the arts and entertainment department of CommRadio. In the arts and entertainment department, she contributes to many listicles, writes reviews, participates in talk shows, and co-hosts a podcast. In the news department, she is on a weekly newscast and writes news stories. To contact her, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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McKenna Wall is a first-year student from Allentown, Pennsylvania majoring broadcast journalism. Wall is a multimedia reporter for CommRadio. She got her start as a camera operator in high school, learning how to use professional handheld camcorders, ENG cameras, and a jib camera. Wall is currently involved in After the Whistle, gaining experience both on-camera and behind-the-scenes filming, editing and completing work on a deadline. If you would like to contact her, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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